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The Driving License Part 2

There is no part 1 (yet)

I didn’t have the paper part of my current driving license with me. In fact I’m not sure where it is. So I have to go back again with a printed page from the DVLA. Great another trip back. Now, I have to get this printed page from the DVLA website and for that I need my NI number. Where on earth have I put that? I called the GOV hot line to request my NI number. I correctly answered all the security questions and identified myself. So I ask what is my NI Number? The extremely helpful man on the phone then tells me he can’t give it to me over the phone for reasons of data security. Great. He can post it to me though and I can give him any address I feel would be helpful. Thats really secure isn’t it and helpful? Ok I said and gave him my address and how long I asked will it take as I only have 30 days to provide this information to the Hong Kong Transpotation Department. There was a pause, an long pause. He cleard his voice and said it will take 9 weeks before it’s posted. Nine weeks to put a print out in to an envelope, way to go UK Government.

Now I’m in a panic. I phoned my Bank on the slim hope that somewhere they have a record of my NI number. They didn’t. Shit! Next step I’ll call the TAX office. Again, a whole list of security question which I answered correctly. Now I asked so what is my NI number? Again, a pause but only a short one. “I can’t give out that information over the phone”, he said. Oh man this is frustrating. I bit my tounge and asked him if he was to post the information how long would it take. Again a pause, then he pipes up and said “well if you have a UK address it will take around a week”. Phew. So again I can give him any address I want and I don’t need to comfirm it in any way and he was happy to post it there. Where is the security that prevented him for giving me this over the phone? So it’s no its way to my parents.

All I have to do now is wait now for this to arrive at my parents from where it will be give to me over the phone so I can finally use it to download the paper I need from the DVLA. I’m happy sometimes to not be living in such a nanny state that the UK has become. Data protection is great and I applaude it but after I have identified myself even down to my last three employers I worked for and providing the exact date on which I paid my last NI Contribution I feel that that is more than secure enough to be verbally given the information I need. How secure is the postal system by comparison?

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